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Our aim in all years is to develop skills in all four competencies; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

We wish to foster a love of the Modern Foreign Languges and culture and hope that all our students will be able to communicate to a high standard.

 Select a link below to a sample of our gallery of past MFL weeks

Gallery 1       Gallery 2      

Link to JCT MFL website:

https://www.jct.ie/modern_foreign_languages/modern_foreign_languages

Link to students talking about MFL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=82&v=pxIf6-w8YWA

 

General Information on MFL:

1. Junior Certificate exam in MFL

2. Assessment at Senior Level:

The leaving Certificate student is being assessed at three levels :

  1. Oral (25 % for honours and 20 % for ordinary level). The following criteria is used to assess oral competence:
  • Range of vocabulary.
  • Range of expression.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Independence from examiner support.
  • Appropriateness.
  • Fluency.
  • Pronunciation.
  1. Aural (20% for honours and 25% for ordinary level)
  2. Comprehension and Written sections. The following criteria is used to assess the written production:

At higher level :

  • Range and appropriateness of vocabulary
  • Range and accuracy in use of structures
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus
  • Organisation of content

At ordinary level:

  • Intelligibility of message.
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Range of vocabulary.

For further information on Leaving Certificate  see: http://www.irlgov.ie/educ/Exams/exams/htm

Useful websites and links

Listening

www.edco.ie/biendit

Easy site with great videos.

http://standrewsfrench.podbean.com/

Great practice for oral work.

 https://www.1jour1actu.com

http://languagesinitiative.ie

An online certification Spanish programme for schools

http://examenes.cervantes.es

A virtual Spanish classroom

http://virtualspanishclassroom.wordpress.com

Planning courses to improve MFL competency

www.elc.ie 

 

European Language Colleges run highly reputable courses at schools in Dublin, Clane, Roscrea and Limerick for students looking to have a fantastic time while improving their French.

Guaranteed to improve your French!

http://www.alliance-francaise.ie/

Ideally located in Dublin City Centre, the Allicance   runs courses for French speakers at all levels, all year round.

www.steinstudy.ie

This organisation offers residential courses/stays in France, Germany and Spain. 

www.essentialfrench.ie

Innovative teaching in Co.Cork for Senior Students running mid-term and summer curriculum focussed courses.

https://www.frenchinstitute.ie

The French Institute in Galway runs exam preparation courses for L.C. students, and exam focussed summer courses.

https://www.goethe.de/ins/ie/en/spr/kur/gia.html

These courses are aimed at children aged between 3 and 12, and young learners aged between 13 and 18. Open to pupils with previous knowledge of German and to beginners.

http://www.escuelai.com

Escuela International,Madrid/Salamanca/Malaga (Learn Spanish abroad).

http://www.chestercollege.org/

Spanish summer camp in Galicia.

 https://dublin.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm

Instituto Cervantes, 54 Northhumberland Rd.,Dublin 4

This institute hosts spanish courses to students throughout the year.

www.tyeurope.com

A site to   facilitate exchanges between Irish students and students from France, Germany and Spain.

www.livinglanguage.ie

Arranges   placements in French schools for TY and 5th Year students, and organises summer camps for Irish students to study abroad.

http://www.lli.ie/transition-year-france

Similar to Living Language, experienced at organising TY exchanges to partner schools in France.

http://www.grantandcutler.com

The UK's largest foreign-language bookseller.

English

The aim of English at second level is to develop students' proficiencyin language and broaden their understanding and appreciation of literature.

In English students get the opportunity to study the works of many great writers. William Shakespeare, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Eavan Boland are just some of the writers they may study.

A central part of studying English is reading. With the advent of computer games it is worrying to discover that teenagers today are reading less and less. A love of reading is wholeheartedly encouraged at Dominican College. We have and excellent library available to students with reading material for all age groups.

Visits by theatre groups and attendance at staged performances of plays on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate syllabi are encouraged.


Useful Website Addresses

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/
http://www.bibliomania.com
http://www.filmunlimited.co.uk
http://www.leavingcert.net
http://www.scoilnet.ie
http://www.shakespeare-online.com

Digital Media and ECDL

First Year, Second Year and Transition Year:

Digital Learning has been introduced to assist the school community in effectively embedding digital technologies into learning and teaching. To meet the needs of all learners, it is appropriate to help engage students and staff with the new technologies that are now available.

Aim

  • Students can use appropriate digital technologies to foster their active, creative and critical engagement in attaining challenging learning outcomes.
  • Students can use digital technologies to collect evidence, record progress, evaluate and reflect.

The basic elements of computing are taught (basic elements of a computer, word processing as well as creating new files/saving files/printing). However, the emphasis is on using G-Suite with p[articular emphasis on google classrooms to benefit our learners.

Transition Year:

Transition Year students are offered the European Computer Driving Licence.

The ECDL establishes standards for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or a personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies your competence, declares your computer skills, and makes you readily mobile within Irish business and across the Community. The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Almost every career in today’s world requires computer skills and Internet skills. And most employers who look for basic IT skills among job applicants look for ECDL certification.

The European Computer Driving Licence builds around a special user-friendly skills card. This card records the skills you demonstrate in the computer-related modules. As you pass each module successfully, the corresponding skill is noted in your card. The final achievement of a full card leads to the award of your licence.

The modules are:

  • ECDL Computer Essentials
  • ECDL Online Essentials
  • ECDL Online Collaboration
  • ECDL Word Processing
  • ECDL Spreadsheets
  • ECDL Using Databases
  • ECDL Presentations
  • ECDL Image Editing
  • ECDL Web Editing
  • ECDL IT Security
  • ECDL-endorsed Data Protection

Source: https://www.ecdl.ie/ecdl-for-you/#ecdl-modules

 

C.S.P.E.

Civic, Social and Political Education

Students have 1 class period per week for C.S.P.E.

Junior Certificate Exam

  • Written paper 40%
  • Project 60%


Pupils are examined on their knowledge of the following areas

  • Human Rights (Declaration on Human Rights etc).
  • The Environment.
  • The law (Role of the Gardai, the Courts etc.).
  • The Government.
  • The European Union.
  • The United Nations.
  • Issues in Society (drugs, refugees, homelessness, etc.).

The course is very broad and the pupils are often asked about current affairs in the written examination. They are advised to watch the news and read the national newspapers once a week.

The following is an exerpt from Scoilnet: http://www.scoilnet.ie

Many of the questions in Section 2 of the 1999 CSPE Examination asked students to suggest actions which they could take in response to the issue under discussion. For example, suggest two actions thatcould be taken to promote and support the rights of people with disabilities. Students should note here that, in each case, they were expected to suggest an action that was capable of being carried out. There were four marks for the first action and two for the second. Marks were allocated depending on whether the action was unrealistic (0 marks), had some possibility of achievement (1 to 2 marks), or was achievable (3 to 4 marks).


A list of suggested actions which students might like to consider as appropriate for this type of question in Section 2 is listed below. Please note that if you repeat an action then you must expand on it to show how it is different from the first mention of it. Repetition without expansion receives zero marks. Be warned!


Suggested Actions:

  1. Poster Campaign
  2. Sign a Petition Campaign
  3. Write a letter to your local TD or MEP or relevant Minister
  4. Letter to your newspaper
  5. Postcard campaign e.g. Tocaire and Child Slave Labour
  6. Organise a local meeting with a relevant Guest Speaker
  7. Publish your message on a Web Page for the Internet e.g. Scoilnet web site
  8. Create your own web site and have a petition form on the site where it can be filled up and submitted
  9. Get a slot on your local radio
  10. Fund raising campaign
  11. Hold a designated day in your school e.g. Green Schools Day
  12. Publish your message in the school newsletter.
 

 

Chemistry

The new revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus has been introduced since 2000. The syllabus consists of core subjects (70%) and options which incorporate the social and applied aspects of life (30%) where all material is examinable. Students of both higher and ordinary level will choose from two options, Option 1 and Option 2.

The Ordinary level syllabus gives an overview of chemistry and the applications to everyday life while the higher level syllabus a deeper treatment is needed.

Some Core titles which students will study will include:
Periodic table, Chemical bonding, Stoichiometry, Volumetric analysis, Fuels and heats of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical equilibrium and Environmental chemistry of water.

The options include:
Option 1: additional industrial chemistry and atmospheric
chemistry.
Option 2: Materials and additional electrochemistry.

Ordinary level students will study one option from 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B. Higher level students must study in their entirety, either Option 1 or Option 2.

The syllabus also has a deep emphasis on practical work with 28 mandatory experiments for higher level and 21 for ordinary level students.

Books:
Textbooks in use throughout the course include Understanding Chemistry by Jim Mc Carthy and Terence White and also Chemistry Live by Declan Kennedy.